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The Sony VAIO of Truth
Resides in Fontana, CA

I am pleased as Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster to serve as one of your Geeks OUT Contributing Editors.  You can hold me wholly responsible for A Bloody Mouthful, Geeks OUT's very own The Walking Dead recap that analyzes the series through a queer/feminist/Chicana prism.  Covering all kinds of geektastic events, from Bent-Con to geeky musicals, also falls within my wheelhouse.  As if all that wasn't enough, you also get the benefit of my geek-centric legal acumen and my vociferous criticism of burning issues in the nerdverse.

I also write, create, and horde zines - my babies include Doc Review Band  bRaINsTOrM, The Masochistic Mixologist's Recipe Book, and The Arc of an Anatomical Heart.  I'm also a member of a zine collective, Zineworks, which spreads the gospel of zines by tabling at zine and community events, putting on workshops for the young, old and everyone in between, and teaching about the history of zines.  

I'm a recovering lawyer, currently in library school.  I'm also chomping at the bit to get my next tattoo - the frontrunner being one that incorporates Man Ray's Le Violon d'Ingres and two wonderfully descriptive phrases from Neil Gaiman's American Gods (one of my all-time favorite novels). 

I can be reached at

What I'm ReadingThe New Weird, Dial H, & a list of zines too long to remember, but off the top of my head: The Arc of an Anatomical Heart, by yours truly, Freaky Lisa Frank and Bitch King by Madame Angela Chaos, Brainscan by Alex Wrekk, Cheer the Eff Up and The Little Sicilian by Jonas Hungerspiele, Polycats by Mabel and Cerebral Succubus by Octavia Guerra.
What I'm PlayingSims 3, Portal, Dragopolis
What I'm WatchingFinishing LOST (finally), Awake, Louie, The Walking Dead Season 4 trailer over and over, Hannibal, Boardwalk Empire, and about to start Longmire (because Katee Sackhoff)

Recent Posts by amber.hard.femme

A Bloody Mouthful Season 4 finale recap: A

The Walking Dead wraps up Season 4 with gunfire and promises. Also, Rick gets his groove back. SPOILERS!

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 on Sat, April 5, 2014

Terminus hipsters totally made me laugh. I thought the finale was SUPER intense on so many levels and the writers continue to shock me (that scene with the BAD GUYS and Carl? Fuck, dude. That was so fucked up and yet so human), which I appreciate. I can't wait for next season - loving the drama they are already setting up. And I'm with you on the cannibalism. I'm getting that vibe too.

 on Mon, April 7, 2014

I appreciate that, like Hannibal, the writers of The Walking Dead manage to tell a very scary story without resorting to actual rape. Maggie's brush with The Governor's reign of sexualized terror and now Carl's near-miss use the horror of rape without the completed act. Some might think this is a soft-pedaling of the topic, but I would heartily disagree. There's so much raping of women and children in the rest of genre fiction (I'm looing at you, True Detective) that to come up to the edge without taking the "easy" way out is a less sexist way of using sexual violence, if that makes sese. I think it also shows how the threat of rape can be a form of terrorism itself.


 on Mon, March 24, 2014

Willow's love is beautiful and perfect with everyone. Except Kennedy. Never Kennedy.

 on Wed, April 2, 2014

Always Never Kennedy? (also going on the band name list)

Truly, Truly, Truly Outrageous: The Estrogen Desert of the Jem Movie's Creative Team

Based on the animated series beloved by many a girl, gay and gay girl, the forthcoming live-action movie is, perplexingly, sorely lacking in creative female representation.

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Lee Hulme
 on Tue, March 18, 2014

I don't often sit down and read rants, but when I do it's something like this - important points, put well (rather than a tirade of anger that doesn't say or do anything useful).